X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos bemoaned the "bloody British weather" as the heavens opened during her V Festival performance.

The singer, who returned to screens last night in the TV talent contest, appeared on the main stage at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex just as a heavy rain shower began to fall.

The N-Dubz singer wore a pink short-sleeved jacket, polka dot corset and patterned trousers as she performed solo material, including her new single Live It Up.

As lightning struck, Tulisa told fans: "Look at this bloody British weather."

The sun returned by the end of Tulisa's set, however, as revellers enjoyed a second day of music at the Virgin Media-sponsored festival.

Also performing at the event, now in its 17th year, are Sir Tom Jones, Happy Mondays and Snow Patrol. Las Vegas headlining band The Killers will close the festival at Chelmsford.

Festival goers enjoying the hot weather at the V Festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Singer and rapper Nicki Minaj had been set to headline the 4Music stage, but pulled out at the last minute after suffering from "vocal chord issues".

Stars attending the event include One Direction heartthrobs Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, minus bandmate Zayn Malik. The What Makes You Beautiful boyband have been staying in a special tent in Hylands Park designed to resemble a London Underground train.

Leigh Francis, better known as his comedy creation Keith Lemon, appeared to be attempting to keep a low-profile ahead of the premiere of Keith Lemon: The Film. The funnyman was pictured having fun with a fake beard while sipping on beer and Tia Maria cocktails in the VIP area.

Pixie Lott performing in The Arena at the V Festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire